One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[no object]usually as noun reiving
- ‘there was only temporary respite from reiving and feuding’another term for reave
- ‘Reiving was not confined to cross boundary targets.’
- ‘Yet, in the absence of the traditional ruling magnates to supervise border rule and defence, the region's precarious peace dissolved into feuds and reiving.’
- ‘The problem fluctuated in intensity, despite the energetic efforts of the new regime to break the reiving clans.’
Middle English: variant of reave; the usual spelling when referring to the historical practice of cattle-raiding on the Scottish Borders.
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